b'own destiny. A great deal of work was doneOverafewyears,thisdedicatedgroupdidhave them as inspectors and auditors of our compilinginformationandexperienceofaccomplish the task and on June 12, 2017 themembers SMS plan. Third, we want to retain SMSfromsourcesthatwerecomplyingCoastGuard,inalettertoourAssociationthe SIP as a means of complying with SMS for with the international SMS. As that body ofthat approved Flagship SMS said it met theapplicablevesseloperatingcompaniessuch informationbegantogrow,attemptswereobjectivesandfunctionalrequirementsforasonevesseland/oroperationswhereone made to involve a few members to see if it coulda SMS as per 33 Code of Federal Regulationor a few individuals comprise the companys be made palatableor even useableby the mix(CFR) Part 96, and this voluntary program canmanagementcadre.Thisisbynomeans of our membership. We were, and are, a mixbe accepted by the Coast Guard as it endeavorsouronlyaskbecauseanoticeofproposed ofsmallbusinesses,oftenseasonal,off eringto enhance regulatory compliance and safetyrulemaking (NPRM) is yet to be seen. That many unique services, often family owned andon domestic vessels. stage will fl out the entire rulemaking andesh operated, and independently minded. off er it for comment. This is also the phase Weareearlyintheregulatorydevelopmentwheretheproposedrulemustdemonstrate The self-preservation concern was also abettedprocessbutwealreadyknowsomeofourhowitwillcomplywiththeAdministrative as the National Transportation Safety Boardobjectivesforthefi regulation.FirstProcedures Act (ADA) where the tasks includenal began to identify failures in marine casualtiesandforemostisrecognitionofFlagshipasdemonstrating a favorable cost/benefi t ration that, in its view, were amenable to correctionameansofmeetingtheSMSforthcomingandmeetingahostofadditionalregulatory or prevention through the adoption of SMS.fi regulations.Second,wewanttoretainobjectivesforenvironmentandsocietalnal ourrelationshipwiththeCoastGuardandmandates.The situation changed and SMS was no longer anexerciseorexperimentwhenCongress passedtheCoastGuardAuthorizationbill Public Law111-303 of 2010. The law directed theSecretaryofHomelandSecurity/Coast Guard to implement SMS for passenger vesselsPublic Tickets & and small passenger vessels transporting more.together at lastpassengers than a number prescribed by thePrivate ChartersSecretarybasedonanumberthatcouldbe killed or injured in a marine casualty Flagship SMS was then seen as an immediate taskinpreparationforthemandatorySMSEFFORTLESSEFFORTLESSregulation on the horizon. Since the details ofRESERVATIONS CONTRACTSwho, what and when the regulations would+ TICKETING for Private Charterscover, the accumulation of SMS information nowneededtobecomeadocumentandfor Public Cruises and Group Bookingsprocessthatrefl ectedthecharacterofthe domestic passenger carrying vessel industry.Integrated online,Custom PDF contracts The history of maritime SMS was more thanphone and walk-upwith fully-trackable two decades old and started as a solution tobookings versioningmanagement and safety issues in internationalAutomated conrmation,Support for private shippingwherevesselsoperatedaroundthereminder and follow-upcharters, schools and world were subject to many national interestsemails tour groupsand regulation. Every aspect of the building, maintaining,operating,sailing,portcalls,Marketing and SearchDetailed reports for cargos,training,casualtyinvestigationofaEngine Optimizationevent planning and vessel could be under the control of a diff erent(SEO) nancial trackingcountry.AnSMSwasseenasbringingtop tobottomunderstandingofindividualPersonalized set-up, responsibilitiesanddutiesforsafetyinthistraining and supportResource tracking for complicatedarena.Inmanyways,thiswasincluded multi-use inventorythe antithesis of what did and does exist in the regulation of the domestic passenger carrying vessel fl eet.PVA did what it does best and mustered a groupManage your entire of members that represented a cross section ofbusiness from a single, our fl eet and who were leaders in industry and theAssociation.Theywerepresentedwithintegrated platformthe challenge of bringing forward a workable, scalable,focusedproductthattheycouldSCHEDULE A DEMOindividually test in their own companies.WWW.STARBOARDSUITE.COMMARCH 2021 31 REGULATORY REPORT'